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'Devastated' by doctor's killing

Catherine and Benjamin Mullany
The couple got married earlier this month

Tributes have been paid to a doctor who was shot and killed during her honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Dr Catherine Mullany, nee Bowen, died from her wounds after a suspected robbery at her hotel room went wrong on the last day of her break in Antigua.

Her husband Ben is in a critical condition after he was also shot.

Described as a "popular, talented and caring young doctor," she worked at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, where staff were said to be devastated.

A spokesman said the doctor had looked forward to her wedding and talked about it for months beforehand.

She had joined the former Swansea NHS Trust in August, 2003 and she had recently been working in the paediatric department at Singleton, which she joined in February.

To be killed whilst on honeymoon - at the start of married life - is appalling, shocking and tragic
Dr Tony Calland, BMA

She was training as a GP, and had visited a number of hospital departments during the past five years, including general medicine, cardiology and A&E.

Paul Williams, chief executive of ABM University NHS Trust said: "Staff at the trust are shocked and devastated by Catherine's tragic death.

"She was a popular, talented and caring young doctor with a wonderful career ahead of her.

"The circumstances of her death are particularly poignant as she was on her honeymoon when this awful shooting occurred.

"Our sincere condolences go out to her family, and we are all praying that her husband makes a full recovery."

'Devastated'

Paediatric consultant and clinical director Mike Cosgrove said Dr Mullany had been expected back from her honeymoon on Monday.

He said: "Instead we heard this terrible news. We are all completely devastated.

"She was an excellent doctor and a lovely person, and an extremely popular member of staff.

"She had so looked forward to her wedding; she had talked about it for months. Nobody can believe what has happened."

The chairman of the BMA's Welsh Council, Dr Tony Calland, said Dr Mullany trained at Imperial College School of Medicine in London and qualified in 2002.

Dr Calland added: "We were deeply saddened to learn of Dr Mullany's untimely death whilst on her honeymoon and we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to her family, friends and colleagues who are left behind to grieve.

"We share in your sorrow, and our heartfelt thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

"To be killed whilst on honeymoon - at the start of married life - is appalling, shocking and tragic.

"To her husband we wish a speedy and complete recovery."




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